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Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Advisory Committee for Geothermal Resources Development Established

The Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), an organization under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), established an Advisory Committee for Geothermal Resources Development, aiming to support regional municipalities in playing increasing roles as coordinators for appropriate management of geothermal resources. The committee will provide consultation services, including conveyance of information on technical expertise matters.

1. Background

Recently, regional municipalities have been playing increasingly important roles as coordinators for appropriate management of geothermal resources. Meanwhile, many regional municipalities are facing challenges regarding this issue, including a lack of accumulated expertise on the development of geothermal resources and a shortage of networks to find appropriate experts.

To overcome these challenges, JOGMEC decided to establish a third-party organization of experts to support regional municipalities through providing consultation services, including conveyance of information on technical matters involving the development of geothermal resources to such municipalities. By doing so, JOGMEC will further expand the introduction of geothermal power generation into regional areas.

2. Outline of the major activities of the committee

  • Providing expert-based information on the regional development of geothermal resources to regional municipalities that have requested expert advice on the issue;
  • Introducing experts in the field of the development of geothermal resources and other areas to regional municipalities in response to their requests;
  • Conducting researches that will contribute to sustainable development of geothermal resources; etc.

3. List of the members of the committee

See Appendix (in Japanese).

4. Operation of the committee

  1. Secretariat: Geothermal Resource Development Department, JOGMEC
    Telephone: 03-6758-8001
  2. As needed, the secretarial will accept consultation requests of regional municipalities for the development of geothermal resources and other issues and introduce experts in the field of the development and other areas to regional municipalities.

Release date

June 7, 2016

Division in Charge

Fuel Policy Planning Office, Policy Planning Division, Natural Resources and Fuel Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

Related Information

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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